Chess isn’t much of a spectator sport … until you combine it with boxing. Yes, George Parker over at AdHurl has found the Web site of the World Chess Boxing Organization, the governing body of chessboxing, the brutal bloodsport in which combatants take turns whaling on each other physically and mentally. As George puts it, “Knight to King’s Bishop 4. Or if you prefer, a bunch of fives up your nose!!!” This sport was made for ESPN2. The sponsors would come running. The whole thing also reminds me of that great old Saturday Night Live skit with Jim Belushi as the Bobby Knight of the high-school chess world.
—Posted by Tim Nudd